Things to do

It's the most wonderful time of the year and we are fortunate enough to be spending it in the most wonderful place.  

Our county is home to some of the UK's best Christmas markets and all round festive fun, and, this year, Yorkshire promises a tree-mendous Christmas.  

Grassington Dickensian Festival 

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, you'll find the picturesque village of Grassington, which, at this time of year, is transformed into a Victorian wonderland where visitors are transported back to the days of Dickens. Here you will find cobbled streets, Victorian costumes and mulled wine, hot chocolates and open braziers that will not only warm your hands but also your heart. 

Christmas at York Museum Gardens

2017 is a special year for fans of the York Museum Gardens. For the first time ever, the gardens will be open at Christmas for a magical after-dark illuminated walk, inspired by the landscape itself.

Visitors will be greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas and will begin the journey by wandering beneath unique tree canopies drenched with seasonal colour.

This amazing event really has to be experienced to be fully appreciated and it is sure to amaze all in attendance.

York Early Music Christmas Festival

With thirteen events over nine days and over twenty-four hours of uplifting early music, this festival will definitely provide a festive treat this Christmas.

This year has seen a marvellous anniversary year and will be celebrated with this bumper festival that sees more events, days and music than in recent years.

Most of the performances will be held in the intimate candlelit surroundings of St Margaret’s Church and there are mince pies to enjoy whilst listening to these heartening performances.

Robin Hoods Bay Victorian Weekend

The stunning Robin Hood’s Bay has always given visitors the chance to enter a stunning ‘lost in time’ gateway and with the hosting of its 24th annual Victorian weekend, there is even more chance to enjoy a trip back into the history of the area.

The village’s quaint, cobbled, car free streets are transformed into a picture-perfect Victorian scene and will see residents and visitors alike dressed in Victorian attire, with a prize for the best dressed.

The famed ghost and smugglers walks will be taking place and there will be a chance to play traditional games such as splat the rat.  The ‘Bayilluminations’ will be switched on at the start of the weekend, with carols round the tree giving a fitting end to a festive family weekend.

Culture: Christmas

Join Culture: Music for their Christmas programme of Yuletide favourites as part of Hull City of Culture this month.

With music from festive favourites such as Frozen and The Polar Express and a flurry of re-imagined traditional music, you’ll be sure to go on a ‘Sleigh Ride’ of entertainment whilst ‘Chestnuts roast on an open fire.’

It’s December, which means that it’s Panto Season!

What do you mean ‘Oh no it isn’t!’?

We’re here to tell you that ‘Oh yes, it is!’

Yorkshire has a wonderful selection of pantomimes each and every festive period, and this year is no different. You’re sure to find your favourite fairy tale covered this year and our handy panto guide will help to select from the best that the county has to offer!